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Boone County Foundation Fund Welcomes a New Intern
Patricia Cleveland of Petersburg is one of 13 students who are being welcomed to their Greater Nebraska hometowns for summer internships that will further the community-building work of local Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) affiliated funds.

Patricia is a student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She is a 2019 graduate of Boone Central High School. Her duties for the Boone County Foundation Fund will include speaking with and learning from community leaders around the state, developing programming for Boone County’s highly successful Cardinal Kids Club, nature and tourism resource development, and helping with the Big Give

The opportunity to host summer interns came about through Nebraska Community Foundation’s Hometown Internship Program. Affiliated funds of Nebraska Community Foundation were offered challenge grants in partnership with NCF’s board of directors to ensure students would be compensated for their work. As part of the program interns are asked to discover and document the assets and abundance of their home place. They will help facilitate conversations with community members regarding these assets and opportunities, and they will co-create opportunities to mobilize these local assets to increase community quality of life.

“Connecting young people to opportunities in their hometown is critical to Nebraska’s people attraction efforts,” said Jeff Yost, president and CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation. “Thirteen bright, young, ambitious Nebraskans will return to their communities for the summer and while I am certain they will gain invaluable learning experiences, we also have much to learn from these students about what they are looking for in the places they ultimately decide to call home.”